Will Venable hit a pinch-hit two-run home run in the top of the 11th inning and the San Diego Padres snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the suddenly scuffling St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.
Venable had been 1 for 17 coming off the bench before connecting on the first pitch from Carlos Villanueva (3-3) after the Padres successfully challenged a fair-foul ruling that resulted in a ground-rule double by Clint Barmes. The ball appeared to tick the line as right fielder Jason Heyward made an unsuccessful attempt at a sliding catch near the stands. Venable followed with his sixth homer of the year.
Shawn Kelley (1-2) had four strikeouts in two scoreless innings and Craig Kimbrel earned his 20th save in 21 chances.
Heyward and Matt Carpenter had two hits and an RBI apiece for the Cardinals.
Paducah brothers, John and Ben Higdon, are looking forward to viewing the national premiere of Higdon Outdoors Television on Saturday, July 4th at 1:30 pm EST on the Sportsman Channel (391 on Comcast) . . . a new breed of Waterfowl TV.
The Higdon brothers own Higdon Outdoors, making and distributing waterfowling decoys nationally. Their warehouse is on the corner of 28th and Adams Street in Paducah. They've been designing/creating decoys for over 20 years, originally with their father, Mark Higdon.
Hunters have seen all kinds of hunting shows. In fact, they’ve seen so many duck and goose
hunting shows that they all seem to blend together in their memories.
At Higdon Outdoors, they think it’s time to aim for something
different in outdoor television.
Outdoors TV represents the vision of a team of hunters, product
developers and industry professionals whose goal is to get hunters
everywhere fired up.
Their new show combines how-tos, critical
information and insights with the most exciting, adrenaline-pumping
hunting action ever seen on TV. They hunt in amazing locations and have seen numbers of ducks and geese most hunters only dream about. Their
approach is simple... entertain, educate and inspire. They
believe by making the best waterfowl TV show anyone has ever seen, they will create the largest and most dedicated waterfowl hunter fan
base in the USA and Canada. A new breed of waterfowl TV
Corey Cook and Kelley Powers are nationally recognized names in the waterfowling world. In a short time, Corey has made a big name for himself in the waterfowling World. Starting his professional career in 2010 as host of Fall Brawl TV, Corey created, hosted and produced the highest rated waterfowl show in Canada. Corey since has launched Fall Brawl Productions, and assembled a professional, hardcore and intense team that will leave it all in the field, and tackle any obstacle along the way. Corey has always focused on jamming maximum action into every show with amazing "in the blind" camera footage that puts the viewer right in the action along side him and the rest of the Higdon Outdoors Team.
Corey Cook grew up in the wilds of Northern Ontario. Learning the waterfowl ropes from his Father and Grandfather, they instilled in him a passion for pursuing Fowl both on the water and in the field. This passion for the sport has driven him to become part of the waterfowling elite in North America. Fast forward to today, Corey is dedicated to growing the sport of waterfowling, engaging audiences in the United States and Canada to his own brand of duck and goose hunting action - maximum drive and maximum adrenaline with every pull of the trigger.
Kelley Powers has little left to prove in the waterfowling world. At 21 years of age, he had already won the World Goose Calling Championship and the World Goose Champion of Champions forcing him to retire from this pinnacle-calling event. Three years later, he won the International Contest followed by the Masters, World Open, and later the Worldwide which collectively of all major contests, is a feat that has never been achieved by any other individual. His list of calling titles is almost endless and not exclusively concentrated on goose calling. He is also a four-time winner of the World Open Meat Duck calling event. Some other accomplishments include an award started in his name entitled the "Kelley Powers Humanitarian Award." The Liv For A Cure Foundation of Chicago, IL gives this award yearly to individuals that display outstanding outdoor humanitarian efforts. Also, he was recognized by the Governor of the State of Tennessee, the State Senate, and State House of Representatives through resolution number 72, honoring him on his accomplishments and work with Tennessee's area youth. Kelley has been featured in several outdoor publications, waterfowl videos, and television productions including outdoor productions for ESPN, TNN, Men's Network, and the Outdoor Channel and co-hosted his own local outdoor radio show called West TN Outdoors. Kelley is a consultant for Higdon Outdoors where he serves as Marketing Director and is also an outdoor athlete representative for Under Armour. He is also an owner of Final Flight Outfitters Inc., a mail-order catalog company, ecommerce site, and waterfowl retail store located in Union City, TN. Final Flight specializes in retailing high-end waterfowl products for the consumer.
Cameron Maybin drove in the go-ahead run with a chopper against Max Scherzer that bounced over third base in the ninth inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.
Pinch-hitter Pedro Ciriaco began the Atlanta ninth with an infield single, beating shortstop Danny Espinosa's throw to stop a string of 10 in a row retired by Scherzer (9-6). He advanced to second on Jace Peterson's sacrifice and scored on Maybin's single.
Scherzer (9-6) allowed five hits and struck out nine in his third complete game in his last four starts. The right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.05 ERA during the dominant stretch, including a no-hitter June 20 against Pittsburgh.
The St. Louis Cardinals say they have fired scouting director Chris Correa.
The Cardinals declined to say why, but the team is the subject of an FBI investigation into the hacking of the Houston Astros player personnel database. The Cardinals are also investigating and Correa's firing is the first known fallout.
Last month, an attorney hired by the team said chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and general manager John Mozeliak were not targets of the investigation.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow led the Cardinals' data-based scouting system before leaving for Houston after the 2011 season. Correa was promoted to director of amateur scouting during the offseason.
Tiger Woods has rebounded from a dismal U.S. Open with a 4-under-par 66 in the opening round of The Greenbrier Classic.
Helped by Thursday's morning rain that softened the Old White TPC course in West Virginia, Woods posted his lowest score of the season and matched his best in relation to par. It was only the fourth time he shot in the 60s in 21 rounds.
Two weeks ago at the U.S. Open, Woods had the highest 36-hole score of his pro career — 156.
He started on the back nine Thursday and shook off a double bogey on the sixth hole. He finished his round with three straight birdies.
Woods was four shots behind Scott Langley, who shot 62. Jonathan Byrd and Danny Lee each shot 63. Brian Davis and Ryo Ishikawa had 64s.
Murray State alum Patrick Newcomb is tied for 133rd after a first round 2-over-par 72. His round included 13 pars, two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey. He hit 10 of 18 greens in regulation on Thursday.
The Benton, KY native will need to move up the scorecard on Friday to make the weekend cut. He tees off at 7:40am.